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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jan 14, 2010 10:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these public domain?

Who's that? Really, I don't know.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 14, 2010 10:22pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these public domain?

Raymond Rohauer was a film exhibitor and collector who died in 1987. He distributed Buster Keaton's movies for a while and collected lots of rare silent and early sound films. Sometimes he renewed the copyrights on these films through dubious means ("She" for example). He was well know for pursuing people through the courts for violating the copyright in movies like "Birth of a Nation" long after they had lapsed.

If you know who people like William K Everson (lost films hunter) and David Shepard (Blackhawk Films) are, Rohauer is the antithesis of them. They collected, preserved and made films widely available to the public. Rohauer seems to have been equal parts "look what I've got" and "look what you don't have". If he was in an early western movie, he'd be wearing a black hat.